Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Passengers say teen who jumped from plane at SFO was 'anxious, fidgety'

Passengers say teen who jumped from plane at SFO was 'anxious, fidgety'

A teenager was detained after opening an emergency exit and jumping from a plane after it landed at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday.

"Right as the plane landed, a kid opened the emergency exit, jumped out onto the wing and then slipped off", said Matt Crowder of Atherton, who was on the plane.

Officials say the teen, who is a US citizen, was accosted by a construction crew working nearby on the airfield. The teen will also be transported to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

A teen in San Francisco on Tuesday chose to take one of the worst unaddressed problems of air travel into his own hands: You can never get off the dang plane fast enough.

The boy reportedly started running on the tarmac before being intercepted by construction workers. "And everyone was just screaming", she added, CBS SFBay Area reported.

Yakel says the plane went to its assigned gate and all passengers got off the flight without incident. Law enforcement took the teen into custody, according to the airline.

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"They were yelling, 'Tell the flight attendants".

There have been other similar incidents before where passengers have tried to jump off planes.

No runways or other flights were affected, Yakel said.

He says Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City landed Tuesday afternoon and was waiting to head to a gate when the teenager, who appeared to be in emotional distress, jumped from the aircraft.

The airline says it is cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation.

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